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William Fox-Pitt is Coming to WI in 2017!!!

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  • William Fox-Pitt is Coming to WI in 2017!!!

    It seems like forever. but the WDCTA (Wisconsin Dressage and Combined Training Assoc.) is setting up a symposium with William Fox-Pitt for November 4th and 5th of 2017. It'll be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI and there will also be vendors for those who also want to buy horsey-items. There will be both rider and auditor spots. And that pretty much is the end of my knowledge on the subject.

    If you're interested you should contact the WDCTA and let them know and thank them for offering this opportunity (and mark your calendars so you don't forget)! Some people are a little worried this won't go over well, so it would be nice if they had an idea of how popular this will be.

    So excited! I'm definitely going to be sending in an entry to participate as a rider when they start accepting them.
    Last edited by Sempiternal; Oct. 7, 2016, 05:26 PM.
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    ETA - Just realized you posted it's in Damn. Still excited and hoping to send in an application to be a rider!
    Last edited by runNjump86; Oct. 4, 2016, 11:56 PM.
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    • Original Poster

      I was wondering how you had something scheduled out that far in advance. Lol. I'll keep updating as more information is forthcoming.

      Also, I signed up to be on the Clinician Coordinator Committee.
      The Sempiternal Horse


      • #4
        This is great, looking forward to your updates!


        • #5
          This is great news, glad to see that Fox-Pitt is now doing clinics all over the US. Any idea of the pricing? Right now according to the 2016 clinics, it's $500 for two lessons in CA and $1100 for two lessons in VA. Thanks.
          Why walk when you can ride? ~ Jimmy Wofford


          • #6
            Pricing will be dramatically reduced from 500 or 1100 - we are planning to do this as a symposium, so will be looking for sponsorships, have vendors, etc. Please PM me for more information - I'm the president of the chapter of the GMO that is putting this on, and I'm happy to help spread the word! We are just figuring out our communications/marketing strategy and general planning now. And of course, we are always in need of great volunteers!


            • #7
              WFP in Virginia

              The WFP clinic that just happened here at Great Meadows in Virginia was $500 per 45 minutes session. Auditing was $45 at the gate or $34 ahead of time.

              No coffee in the morning, no lunch, people had to drive out to a nearby town to get food. They had bagels and cheese/fruit in the morning along with water. Those who trailered in and could not drive out, ended up making lunch from the breakfast bagels.

              There was no flyer or handout telling you who was riding or the schedule. I ended up borrowing a piece of paper with the info on it from an auditor who had gotten the information somewhere.

              I think the cost was due to the event organizer requiring a profit and, of course, the facility fees.

              WFP was awesome but due to limitations of time and being in an arena the entire time, there were not great opportunities to learn. 45 minutes in a semi-private lesson (on Saturday) did not provide much jump time. The other two days were private 45 min sessions.

              I would not recommend the event organizer from Virginia based on this clinic
              Last edited by Winding Down; Nov. 6, 2016, 10:19 AM.


              • Original Poster

                We still are working on prices and somewhat on the exact format, but it looks like this symposium will focus on the development of the horse and more of an auditor experience (so looking for trainers/professionals - for the most part - as the riders).

                We are very lucky to have a nice venue here in Madison that just spent a good amount of money on their facility. It's the same location that hosts the Midwest Horse Fair and they basically provide EVERYTHING (from jumps to bleachers to tables for vendors all the way down to toilet paper). There will be food stands open and plenty of vendors for anyone who also wants to do some shopping.

                As far as organizing the event, the WDTCA-SW Chapter will be handling that themselves with the help from their membership and volunteers and has various committees set up to handle the different elements for this symposium.

                It's a pity about the VA clinic, especially after the riders spent that much money.
                The Sempiternal Horse


                • #9
                  I observed part of the WFP clinic in Virginia. WFP was excellent. My friend who rode in the clinic came away with several good ideas. WFP was pleasant and attentive, even though he had been teaching for 8 hours before my friend's lesson. I don't know if everyone's lessons were as good as the ones that I saw, but I was impressed with him. The organization of the VA clinic was not so good. The clinic ran 1 hour behind on the first day. My friend never got a snack or coffee, as I think they ran out early in the day. Day 2 was much more organized.


                  • #10
                    I'm the organizer of the VA clinic and I would like to clarify a few things in this post.

                    First, there were several behind the scenes problems with a few sponsors who promised the catering and did not follow through. This left the riders in a lurch which I had tried to rectify last minute, but between the details of my travel, rider's needs, sponsor demands and others, it wasn't addressed to my satisfaction. It's something I'm not proud of, but it happened.

                    For the future I've already reached out and am looking at catering companies that can encompass things, and improved the contracts for sponsors who want to do something like this so no one is left shorted.

                    The prices and times that were also stated here aren't correct.

                    It was 30/day per auditor if you pre-registered and 45 at the door. Schedule was posted on the Facebook Page and also general times were emailed.

                    The rides were 550 per lesson per day, with a minimum two rides. The first two days were 30 minute privates and the last day was 45 minute semi-private. Riders were allowed to bring a different horse for each day, instead of committing one ride, one horse.

                    The first day ran over due to a conflicting schedule with Jeep and their social media team. Second day ran ahead consistently and third day ran ahead as well. Rider and horse wise, it was a huge variety, versus the first year, which I felt was necessary and enjoyed.

                    I understand this is an expensive clinic. The price, as an organizer and rider, I do not like charging. It didn't allow several riders who are regulars and really deserved spots to come and ride because of budgetary constraints.

                    There were things within that pricing structure that I normally do not have in there, that I had this year (jump rental, port a potties, ect) and as such, I had to add in, causing the price to increase.

                    The rider feedback I received is that the privates were enjoyed, but if there was to be a private lesson 45's would be preferable, that the arena was good idea as it was late in the year for many riders/horses and the risk going to the fields outweighed the rewards, but need more portables for the jump day, that stabling should be onsite and an indoor just in case of bad weather.

                    All of which is in the works for 2017.

                    As always, I'm thrilled and pleased with my riders, and I cannot thank them enough for coming out over the three days and working with WFP and myself. I appreciate the sponsors who stepped up to the plate (Albion, Musto, Jeep, Brody Robertson Jumps) and helped out this clinic.

                    I'm always open to suggestions. I do want to make this a positive experience for everyone and there is a definite balance between hard numbers and wishes. However, I hope this clarifies some of the statements above, but if anyone has any questions or suggestions I'm always open to it, please email:
                    It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"